Translated by UCHACA
How To Stay Overnight In Haneda Airport's International Terminal
Written by UCHACA
When you have to take an early morning flight but can't afford to stay in a hotel and know that first train is not early enough, this is the guide you need!
How to Stay the Night At Haneda Airport
"I have to take an early flight from Haneda Airport International Passenger Terminal but taking the first train won't get me there on time and staying in a hotel or taking a taxi there is way out of my budget."
If you are stuck in this situation, don't worry! Here we have prepared a guide to help you spend the night in Haneda Airport's International Passenger Terminal for free.
Please remember: You can only sleep in the International Terminal.
Can You Really Do That?
The answer is YES!
Haneda Airport International Passenger Terminal has become a 24 hour International Airport, and as the name suggests, there are many shops and public facilities open for 24 hours in the terminal. If you would like to see what the terminal has to offer, please refer to this link.
How Do I Stay There?
1. Time of Arrival
Firstly, we recommend arriving between 9- 10 p.m. as the majority of shops and dining places are still open at this time. You can get yourself in the traveling spirit and see what the airport has to offer while there are still plenty of people about to chat with if you are feeling lonely. Not only that, but this way you can scout around for the best place to sleep! Finding a comfortable sofa is very important and should be done early.
If you don't want to worry about your luggage as you sleep, both temporary luggage storage services and coin lockers are available. The temporary luggage storage service is located on both levels 2 and 3, and has size and weight restrictions and fees for storage. The same goes for coin lockers: these can provide temporary storage for luggage that will fit within the locker, but are reset at midnight and can cost you extra should your luggage become trapped inside. The best option is to keep your luggage with you under your seat or next to you as you sleep.
2. How to Pass the Time
There are 3 main ways to pass the time in the airport.
1. Take a stroll - there are many different shops, restaurants, architectural features and even some art work located throughout the airport. If you happen to find an area that really appeals to you, why not make that your base for the night?
2. Spend the night in a restaurant - if you don't mind ordering drinks and food through the night, you can easily pass the time in a restaurant, but you won't be able to sleep there.
3. Sleeping on a sofa - there are sofas located on the second, third and fifth floors near the observation areas, however these are outside of the security gates and very public. If the sound of that doesn't appeal to you, then the first 2 options are your best choices.
You can look over the midnight airport from Cafe Cardinal located on the fourth floor. Here you will find other travelers passing the night by playing their video games or using their computers, so you can rest at ease here.
There are some comfortable sofas and some guards walking around this cafe so you can rest peacefully; but please still make sure to keep your passport and other valuables close to you.
3. Feel the Atmosphere
If you can keep yourself entertained, the time will really fly by in the airport - pun intended. At midnight, the lights in the terminal are dimmed, which will make it a bit difficult to read or write by hand.
The lights will be dimmed further too, so if you have nothing in particular to do, lying down or rest on a seat is your best option at this point.
At midnight, the information boards on early flights will start to be updated.
It is now 3:51 a.m.; at Edo Koji on the fourth floor, there wasn't a soul in sight.
The seats covered by red sheets are made of wood and rather uncomfortable to sit on for a long time, so no one slept there.
3:53 a.m. On the fifth floor near the observation platform, no one was sleeping on the ground but there were some people sleeping near the windows as the seats were all full. The majority of the travelers slept from about 1:00 am to 3:00 am, so the area was quite quiet. In order to not disturb others, please make sure to keep your voice down and wear headphones at a reasonable volume if you intend to play music, video games or watch movies on your devices.
The check-in counters for early flights open after 4:00 a.m. so if you wish to quickly pass through security and enter the main air-side of the airport, please head there as soon as you are able. Within the air-side of the airport you can charge your electronic devices and look at other shops and cafes that you may have missed before. Plus, if you are fortunate enough to snag a sofa for the night, this area will start to get crowded when boarding/check-in begins for other flights.
The duty-free shop in the center of the air-side of the airport is open 24 hours a day, but the other shops have their own hours. Please refer to the Haneda website for details.
Good Morning! You Spent the Night Successfully
If you need to save money on accommodations and want to get to the airport on time for your morning flight, spending the night inside Haneda's International terminal may be your best option. However, this may not suit everyone, so please take into consideration your own physical needs before doing so. Taking a taxi, staying in a nearby hotel or the like may be better for you if you need to sleep before flying. Or you could try arriving earlier the evening before, going through security and spending the night in the air-side of the airport. You may even qualify to stay in one of the lounges, depending on your airline and ticket status.
Travel Tips for those Using Haneda Airport
Below are helpful services for those heading into Japan from Haneda. Click each link to learn more and to reserve.